Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Change of Heart

Mr. GDC had business in Austin last Friday. Up, then back in one day, with no time for much of anything. Austin was our home for 24 years. We spent most of our married life wandering her streets; a little antiquing, house renovating, two stepping -  

Austin Texas Capital Dome

It's where Jr. was born, and where we raised him, amongst the cedar trees, gentle rolling hills, and fields of bluebonnets.  For our family, ties to Austin run deep. There are also friends, the kind of friends who have seen me with no makeup, in a fowl mood, yet hugged me anyway, as I snarled -

Our Austin Home

To be honest, I've been a bit meh, lately.  You know that sort of blue, uncertain which shade, that floundering about, trying to find a direction, melancholy?  Mr. GDC suggested that I ride shotgun to Austin, call one of my close friends, and make a lunch date.  "Whatever." (Seriously, I was pitiful.)  Maybe even bluebonnet blue - 

Bluebonnet, Texas State flower

Aren't friends wonderful?  Friends often guide us, support us, and knock us on the back of the head when we need it!  At lunch, on Friday, Mr. GDC and I found ourselves sitting across from one of my close friends, along with her husband.  One of those friends that if my hair was on fire, I could call her, confident she'd come running with a fire extinguisher, and a wig!

This was us, years ago. We met through our young boys, now all grown up.
After "hello", and "I need just one more hug", "It's so lovely to see you!" She looked at me puzzled, then asked "What are you doing with the blog? You enjoy the blog. Why are you quitting?"  So I whined; "Many bloggers use professional photographers I take my own photos, with all the cottage windows, the photos tend to be dark".  And whined "I set up my own blog, I don't have an IT person. I can't get my Pinterest or Instagram links to work consistently, they keep disconnecting, so does my hover button." And whined "I don't have as many followers as I had hoped."  Then suddenly - Smack! She hit me on the back of my head!  Well, metaphorically.  She looked at me and said "I like your blog, if you only write it for me, I'll read it. Buy a shop light for photography. Hire someone to fix the links."  From alongside me Mr. GDC, agreed, "That's what I've been trying to tell her, she enjoys it, write it". Heavy sigh. 

Jr., who's wisdom is well beyond his years talked to me about blogging as well.  He said "There are plenty of blogs out there Mom. Many professional blogs, that don't have followers.  It's the content that counts.  Blogging is personal.  If you enjoy writing the blog, then you should keep it. Think about it, why did you start the blog?"  Awww, he warms my heart.

Sybi, as she looked when we adopted her.

It's been a year since I began my blogging journey,  so the GDC domain was up for renewal. It seemed like a good time to stop, because I felt like an amateur among a sea of professional bloggers. I thought back to the reasons I began my blogging journey; moving to the Texas Gulf Coast, purchasing an 1894 Cottage, I thought it would be fun to journal as I attempt to fit furniture in 11 X 13 rooms topped with soaring 12' ceilings.  Share Galveston, a few schemes, a few tips, a few recipes, while dragging you along with me on our family's little adventure.

That wall with the pass through window, complete with bar counter. Wish I had a working wand!

I hoped to have several followers by now, hoped to remove the wall between the kitchen and keeping room, hoped to have my Pinterest, Instagram links, and hover button working, pff!   My friend, along with Jr., also Mr. GDC helped me to see, it's OK if I don't have a professional photographer, it's OK if it takes a bit longer to remove the wall than impatient me wishes - problem solve, persevere, while wandering on. Life isn't perfect, I'm certainly not perfect, the blog won't be either. 

Thanks to you who pop in for a visit. Thanks to Mr. GDC for putting up with me all these years. Thanks to Jr.'s wisdom. Thanks to my friend.  I'm grateful for a change of heart.  I renewed the GDC domain for another year, Here we go year two, I hope you'll continue to join me as I wander on - 

Until next time, wishing you all the best -  


  1. So Happy YOU came to see me and that you are continuing this Blog!! I LOVE IT AND YOU! You are a talented writer and designer! I will love this blog even if it's just for me but...I hope others will find you and follow. They will be blessed if they do! Hugs and knocks up the head from me! P.S. Where did those two young girls go! Wish I still looked like that!

    1. Thank you Carrie! We'll wander on together - grey hair and all.

  2. I have a neglected and very unprofessional blog. Back when I did write and update, follow and comment, I met some of the most amazing people, some even in person! Yours is the kind I tend to like the most. As I read what you wrote about Carrie I could hear her voice in your words! I loved that. I too say, keep it up. I don't care about " professional"; actually, now that I think about it, it's those picture perfect blogs that are a bit of a turn off anyway.

    1. Thank you! Looking forward to getting to know you -